When a runway trend seeps into the mainstream, I can’t resist the urge to try it. So, despite last year’s embarrassing foray with a certain bright orange MAC lipstick, I decided to give the sassy color another chance. This time, with more subdued tones that complement my slightly yellow undertones. The first color I tried was an orange balm called ‘Rendezvous’ from Revlon’s ColorBurst line, which seemed like a low risk investment in case the shade didn’t work out. Upon application, I was hooked (cue ‘orange you glad’ jokes). It’s quirkier and bolder than a typical pink lipstick, yet not as fierce as red but, like both colors, can easily transition from work to weekend.
Since balms aren’t known for being particularly long-lasting (though Revlon’s didn’t fare too poorly), I took the leap and opted for a lipstick. This one was trickier since I am indecisive and wanted to buy every orange lipstick available at the Nordstrom beauty counter. I ended up choosing a punchy orange with hints of pink from Estée Lauder, aptly named ‘Mandarin Pop.’ The lipstick has a smooth consistency with a subtle shimmer, and lasts about 3-4 hours with food or drink. I like to apply it either alone or blended with the Rendezvous chubby stick for more luster. Of course, chapped lips need not apply, so check out some of the best balms for moisturizing lips.
For those of you who don’t stray from nude lipstick or traditional pink or red lipstick, you’ll find that these two colors are not far from your comfort zone. Tell me about your orange lipstick habits. Are you embracing the trend? And if so, which colors do you use?